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Project Management: A Managerial Approach Chapter 6 – Project Planning
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Overview Initial Coordination Planning Elements Preliminary Tools Coordination via Integration
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Project Planning There are several reasons to use considerable care when planning projects: The primary purpose of planning is to establish a set of directions in enough detail to tell the project team exactly what must be done The purpose of planning is to facilitate later accomplishment 5-1
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Initial Project Coordination It is crucial that the project’s objectives be clearly tied to the overall mission of the firm A project launch meeting is an initial coordinating meeting that serves as a visible symbol of top management’s commitment to the project The project launch meeting’s success is absolutely dependent on the existence of a well-defined set of objectives 5-2
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Project Launch Meeting Should not allow plans, schedules, and budgets to go beyond the most aggregated level at the launch meeting The outcomes should be: 1. Technical Scope is established 2. Basic areas of performance responsibility are accepted by the participants 3. Some tentative overall schedules and budgets are spelled out  5-3
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Composite Plan Each individual/unit accepting responsibility for a portion of the project should agree to deliver a preliminary plan about how that responsibility will be accomplished These plans should contain descriptions of the required tasks, and estimates of the budgets and schedules These plans are then scrutinized by the group and combined into a composite project plan  5-4
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Composite Plan The composite plan, still not completely firm, is approved by each participating group, by the project manager, and then by senior organizational management Each subsequent approval hardens the plan, and when senior management has endorsed it, any further changes in the project’s scope must be made by processing a formal change order 5-5
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Project Plan The final approved result of this procedure is the project plan, also known as a Master or Baseline plan Once planning phase is complete, it is beneficial to hold a post- planning review The major purpose of the review is to ensure that all necessary elements of a project plan have been properly developed and communicated 5-6
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Project Plan Elements Overview Summarized Scope, Objectives, Structure
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2012 for the course IND/MECH mec 713 taught by Professor Bhole during the Fall '11 term at Ryerson.

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